Des Plaines, Ill. (July 2, 2004) -- By the end of this month, Chicago-based CPA firm Walton, Joplin, Langer & Co. will do something it hasn’t done since it was founded nearly 100 years go -- move out of the downtown area, as the firm has merged with Ahlbeck & Co.

The move is one that WJL has been looking to make for the better part of this year, as rents in downtown Chicago had made it difficult for the seven-person, two-partner firm to function the way it wanted to. But rather than just move out to the suburbs, Walton Joplin thought it best to try and explore merger opportunities. It found one in Ahlbeck, which its partners have known for many years.

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